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I have a Nexus 5, all my ringtones and notification sounds returned to default, and when I try to set any file as a sound I get this message:

Wrong file type, please select again

I get the same message no matter what file type I choose, including the files that were my sounds until this morning. I tried to delete cache memory and reboot but that did nothing.

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    Maybe related: android.stackexchange.com/questions/85592/…
    – Andrew T.
    Mar 24 '15 at 8:47
  • As a temporary solution I can only suggest you get a ringtone app that allows you to set ringtones and use it just for that, I've had this issue for a while and nothing solves the actual problem. Just curious. Have you done a firmware update before the problem occurred?
    – Zero
    Jun 2 '15 at 8:19
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José Mejuto Was correct in his 2nd Point.

deleting the /.nomedia file has no effect.

  • 1: Go to "Settings -> Apps (All) -> Media storage"
  • 2: Clear Cache & Data
  • 3: Change your ring tone or notification tone

Thanks José :)

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    On newer versions of Android, you may have to pull down the menu on the Apps list and select Show system in order for Media Storage to show up.
    – NickAldwin
    Jun 30 '16 at 12:07
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Today my Nexus 5 starts to do the same, default Ringtone and "Wrong file type, please select again". After several hours trying different solutions I came to the conclusion that the problem is in -or related to- the "Google Play Music" which do not work for local files anymore. I was able to finally get my custom ring tones again to life performing two tasks, but I do not known which one solves the problem because a reboot is needed and I perform both before reboot.

1) In my case in the root of the SD card there was a ".nomedia" file which could prevent multimedia use in this folder and below. So try to delete this file and reboot terminal, then try to set a custom ring tone.

Note: My Nexus is in spanish, and options could have a different name.

2) I suspect that multimedia SQLite database was corrupted in some way, so I went to Settings -> Applications -> "Almacenamiento de medios" (Maybe Media storage? com.android.providers.media) and deleted data, then reboot.

After the reboot all multimedia data was rescanned and I was able to change the ring tone again.

Note: I had detected that my old custom tone for notifications was gone, the file was gone and I was unable to find it in my storage media.

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Copy to existing Ringtones folder on device, go to choose ringtone and select media storage and amongst the device ringtone selection will be your file

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Please change your audio file format to .wav; now you give it a try to assign the ringtone. It will work! Since, I had this same issue when I tried to assign a ringtone in an .mp3 file. Then, I changed the .mp3 format to .wav format; it works!

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  • This worked for me.
    – Koala3
    Aug 6 '20 at 8:58
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I'm using the Moto G and I had the same problem. Solution for me was to

  1. Download a file manager app

  2. Save the ringtone mp3 file in my music folder

  3. In settings\ringtones (in the file manager), select your ringtone from the music folder.

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I stayed with the original folder named "Ringtones" and just renamed it to "ringtones" [lowercase]. Rebooted. Problem Solved

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